Severe Weather Warning as Gold Coast braces for battering

The Gold Coast and Tweed have copped a drenching and forecasters are warning the worst is still to come.

A severe weather is in place with the Bureau forecasting ‘intense’ rainfall to hit across Sunday and Monday.

The BOM is expecting a low pressure system to form on Sunday and approach the coast late today and into Monday morning.


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“Heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding is forecast to develop over the remainder of the warning area on Sunday,” The BOM said.

Six-hourly rainfall totals of 100mm to 150mm are likely and locally heavier falls of around 200mm will be possible.”

A Flood Watch is in place across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales including for Gold Coast rivers and creeks, the Logan and Albert Rivers and the Tweed and Rous Rivers.

Many areas across the region have already received more than a month’s worth of rainfall in less than 24 hours.

Upper Springbrook had recorded 455 millimetres between 9am on Saturday and 6.30am on Sunday, with 323mm of that falling in six hours.

Tomewin recorded 367mm, Currumbin Creek has had 368mm, Lower Springbrook 316mm, Binna Burra 232mm.

Coolangatta has copped 160mm, which is already above its December average of 145mm.

The Gold Coast Seaway has had 98mm, while 129mm has fallen at Carrara and 121mm at Evandale.

In the Tweed, Bilambil had recorded 318mm to 5am this morning, Banora 205mm, Bray Park 227mm and Murwillumbah has so far had 212mm.

Damaging winds are also forecast with areas of the coast facing gusts of 90km/h from this afternoon.

A hazardous surf warning is also in place with people warned to stay away from the water today.

Rainfall totals to 6.30am Sunday – 

Upper Springbrook – 455mm

Currumbin Creek – 368mm

Tomewin – 367mm

Lower Springbrook – 316mm

O’Reilly’s – 234mm

Binna Burra – 232mm

Neranwood – 163mm

Bonogin – 161mm

Coolangatta – 160mm

Tallai – 145mm

Hinze Dam –  144mm

Molendinar – 131mm

Carrara – 129mm

Pacific Pines – 123mm

Loder Creek Dam – 122mm

Coombabah – 122mm

Evandale – 121mm

Oxenford Weir – 106mm

Monterey Keys – 102mm

Tallebudgera Creek Mouth – 101mm

Burleigh Waters 99m

Coomera Shores – 99mm

Gold Coast Seaway 98mm

South Stradbroke – 84mm

Mudgeeraba – 72mm

Wongawallen – 61mm

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* If near the coastline, stay well away from the water’s edge.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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There’s a handy app called windy.com that gives you a 10 day extremely accurate forecast with all weather related anomalies.
Be safe out there